September 4 [17:00 EDT] -- After missing a handful of dates on its tour with Rage Against The Machine, word now comes that the Wu-Tang Clan have dropped out of the tour altogether.
In a statement released Thursday, Rage's record label, Epic Records, says that the Clan cited "internal conflicts" in telling Rage that they could not finish the tour.
Wu-Tang's last date with Rage was an August 29 show at the World Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois. The Clan then missed the two following shows in St. Louis and Kansas City before telling Rage that they were pulling out of the tour.
The statement notes that when the Rage camp was putting the tour together, they received assurances from Rza and Wu-Tang's management that the rappers were committed to the entire tour.
Rage spokespeople say that the Roots have already been secured as an opening act for some shows, and (as we previously reported) the Foo Fighters will also open some upcoming dates.
Teenage Riot will remain as the first act on the bill.
No word yet from the Wu-Tang camp, but they are expected to talk about their departure from the Rage tour when MTV News catches up with them at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards.